Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
commanteerOct. 30, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
Americans are usually inclined to like Japan, for cultural reasons mostly. Every time the Japanese government attempts any form of PR, they fail miserably. They never think of their target audience.
The saving grace is that China is even more tin-eared than Japan.
Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds
commanteerOct. 28, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
These sorts of companies are hurting the worldwide Made-in-Japan brand. One of the few things Japan has going for it is its reputation for quality. If this sort of corruption isn't taken seriously, they will take the entire Japanese economy down with them.
Posted in: U.S. consumers sue Takata over airbags; seek class action
commanteerOct. 28, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
It's a balancing act, but Russia knows Japan has little choice. Japan isn't about to sacrifice its alliance with the US to sign on with a guy like Putin. No comparison.
Posted in: What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy. How can Japan maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.
commanteerOct. 28, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
I agree. Rock, yes. Punk, no. I think the headline writer just isn't very familiar with the topic, as often happens.
Posted in: Punk icon Joan Jett savors rock 'in' role-model gig
commanteerOct. 28, 2014 - 07:28AM JST
I always enjoy getting "The Internet has stopped" on my Android every time the browser stalls.
Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?
commanteerOct. 27, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
We will all certainly die. Someday. For now, let's have some fun and avoid obsessing over killer asteroids, super-volcanoes, and other things over which we have little control.
Posted in: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study
commanteerOct. 24, 2014 - 12:58PM JST
Congrats on great first-post that set a high bar for the rest of us.
And 18,000 sounds about right. SM bars aren't that expensive, and I have found they are usually filled with fun people. Cheaper and friendlier than your usual hostess clubs. And the dominating is usually done by the women, so I doubt the charge that male patrons are whipping them. It would be the exception.
I think we should give Yoichi another crack at the job.
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
commanteerOct. 23, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”
"After the shootings, officials canceled two events in Toronto honoring Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, including one in which she was supposed to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for supporting schooling for girls.
The usual double speak. An announcement of strength followed by actions of submission.
Posted in: Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack
commanteerOct. 23, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Frungy, it was not any motorist who complained. It was the driver - the person who caused the woman to need emergency medical care in the first place. First he nearly kills her, then he complains about a person who saves her life. I hope the police are questioning him as well.
Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads
commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
As the article says, no smoke or cloud is needed. That's why it's news. There are some pictures of it in action here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2800118/the-bat-signal-future-free-floating-images-firing-lasers-someday-alert-people-disasters.html
Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future
commanteerOct. 21, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
Ol' Bob has finally gone Hollywood. Well, he lasted longer than most...
Posted in: Bob Seger finds political voice with climate fight
commanteerOct. 20, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
I remember shouchu makers saying that they would all go out of business if tariffs were lifted on foreign whiskey and spirits. 20 years late, the shouchu industry is stronger than anyone ever imagined.
Japanese are especially good at buying locally, so I think the alternative will make rice farmers finally improve their methods (as the shouchu makers did).
So far as economies of scale in the US, at the rate they are using water that won't last long. It's absolutely crazy to grow a water intensive crop like rice in a desert. Yet, that's exactly what is being done in places like California and Australia. The water is already running out. And then there are the other methods needed to grow food on a massive scale that lower the quality of the final product.
If Japanese farmers would focus on making good rice, and doing it efficiently, they will do fine.
Posted in: One man shows how rice farming can be competitive
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 07:06PM JST
I don't know if things are actually worse, or it's just that we recognize crimes against children now. I had a couple close calls as a kid, one scary one I reported to my father. He just laughed and said "Oh, so you met a pervert." I remember how scared I was, and thinking "Oh, so that sort of thing is no big deal?"
Things may even be better now, for all I know. We are just more aware, if not paranoid at times.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
commanteerOct. 19, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
Translation. When Obama says "don't give in to hysteria or fear" he means "please give in to hysteria or fear." What better time to exercise emergency powers to push through yet more government control of the people? It was his team that said they never let a crisis go to waste.
A more cynical person might think Obama's mishandling of Ebola was intentional to this end. I'm not there. Yet.
Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
@knowbetter "Little" is not a word that describes Japanese hornets. They are the largest hornets in the world.
Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto
commanteerOct. 17, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Reminds me of an argument I had with my Japanese boss several years ago.
Me: But it will turn a profit. Why walk away from this opportunity?
Boss: Because it involves risk! Our company does not take risks! We are not that kind of company. If you want to take risks, find another company to work for.
Me: But if our company doesn't take risks, how have we lost so much money? Was that on purpose?
I didn't stay with them much longer. Funny how such a risk-averse company could go broke. They just don't see that there is also risk in doing nothing.
Posted in: Failure to internationalize, take risks and value employees by merit have led to years of stagnation in the fields of computers, smartphones and semiconductors.
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Jerseyboy, look at the story again. Japan already scrutinizes transactions of over 2 million yen, which is the money needed to buy a care, for example. The new laws may make it more like the US, where business to business transactions over $600 require extra paperwork and reporting.
Posted in: Japan drafts anti-money laundering bills under pressure from global watchdog
commanteerOct. 11, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Because not everything that Japan is pressured to do is a good thing. These banking laws, while aimed at terrorists, inevitably will be used to make life more difficult for private citizens and small businesses. The terrorists and gangs will find a way around it, while the ordinary person will be stuck with it.
commanteerOct. 09, 2014 - 07:02AM JST
This puts Korea in good company...China, Iran, North Korea, Russia. Arresting foreign journalists is typical of dictatorships and rogue nations.
Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in S Korea for defaming president
commanteerOct. 07, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
I can't agree or disagree with this one, as he's all over the place and never gets around to making one clear point. If he's an an editor and journalist by trade, what the heck happened here? It's as though someone vomited words onto a page in a fit of rage.
Posted in: All aboard the good American ship Titanic
Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:51AM JST
No need to "probe". Does anyone really think they don't know what the fate was of…
Posted in: Abe says N Korea to deepen probe into abductees
Here we go again!!!
Posted in: Campaigning begins for Okinawa gubernatorial election
Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
In diplomatic circles there is a word for this behavior on the part of the Japanese…
Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
What a piece of work this stepdad is! He should get hung himself!!!
As for the…
Posted in: Man charged with coercing 14-year-old stepson to commit suicide
Carry on, Japan.
Posted in: China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles